Collection ID: 0023 | Metadata type: TEI

Lewis E 249A and B Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi (The Compendium of History in the Genealogy of Christ); Explanation of the Wheel of Sevens

Title

Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi (The Compendium of History in the Genealogy of Christ); Explanation of the Wheel of Sevens

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Lewis E 249A and B
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)

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Publisher

Free Library of Philadelphia

Language

Latin

Origin

Circa 1280
Place
Southern England

Summary

These manuscripts are two unstitched membranes from the end of a roll of Peter of Poitiers' Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi. Lewis E 249 a displays the final segment of the biblical history of Christ's descent from Adam, arranged in a genealogical tree, surrounded by two columns of text. Lewis E 249 b illustrates the devotional image of the "Wheel of Sevens," a visual arrangement of the deadly sins, petitions, gifts of the Holy Spirit, virtues, and beatitudes in concentric circles around a head of Virtue personified, with two columns of text below explaining the diagram.

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Extent

722 x 260 mm 694 x 257 mm

Foliation

2

Support

Parchment

Layout

  • Two columns of eighty-eight (Lewis E 249 a) and forty-four (Lewis E 249 b) lines, ruled in lead; written area: 505 x 208 mm (Lewis E 249 a), 308 x 198 mm (Lewis E 249 b)
  • Decoration

    Three historiated roundels with gold backgrounds (Nativity, Crucifixion, Resurrection), one quatrefoil containing the head of Christ, one eleven-line illuminated initial, several two-line decorated initials alternating between blue with red flourishing and red with blue flourishing, and two genealogical diagrams (Lewis E 249 a); four roundels (Christ as judge, creator, resurrected Christ, Nativity of Christ) flanking a "Wheel of Sevens" with eight small roundels around the edge of personified vices and one small roundel in the center of the head of Virtue, one illuminated initial, and many one-line colored initials alternating between red and blue (Lewis E 249 b)

    Script

  • Gothic--textualis
  • Provenance

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    Membrane 1, recto
    9183_0000.tif (136.1 MB)
    9183_0000_thumb.jpg (4.6 KB)
    9183_0000_web.jpg (287.5 KB)
    Section: Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi [partial]
    Decoration: Large miniature, Nativity
    Decoration: Large miniature, Crucifixion
    Decoration: Large miniature, Resurrection
    Decoration: Small miniature, Head of Christ
    Decoration: Illuminated initial B

    Membrane 2, recto
    9183_0001.tif (133.1 MB)
    9183_0001_thumb.jpg (4.7 KB)
    9183_0001_web.jpg (281.1 KB)
    Section: Wheel of Sevens
    Decoration: Large miniature, Wheel of Sevens
    Decoration: Small miniatures, Roundels of Christ in four aspects
    Decoration: Illuminated initial P